Massachusetts Horse Betting: Best MA Horse Racing Apps, Sites & Tracks

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Horse betting has been legal in Massachusetts for a long time. Horse bettors have enjoyed wagering on races at racetracks since as early as 1934. 

Nowadays, horse betting enthusiasts can legally bet in-person or online using mobile apps and websites, similar to those used for sports betting in Massachusetts. In this article, we'll walk you through the best ways to bet on horse races in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts bettors must be 21+ and present to place wagers in the state. Play it smart from the start! or call 1-800-GAM-1234. Gambling problem in Massachusetts? Call 1-800-327-5050 to speak with a trained specialist free and confidentially 24/7. Full T&Cs apply.

Horse Racing in Massachusetts: Quick Facts

You may have heard of major horse race events like the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. There are, in fact, many horse races that take place frequently all around Massachusetts. Here are some quick facts about horse race betting in The Bay State, though you'll find information on Massachusetts sportsbook promos farther down. 

✅ Is Betting on Horse Racing Legal?Yes, Since 1934
📲 Total Betting Apps:10+ Apps
🐎 Total Racetracks:1 Currently Operating
🔞 Legal Gambling Age:18+
🏛️ Horse Betting Regulator:Massachusetts Gaming Commission
📞 MA Problem Gambling Helpline:1-800-327-5050

Can You Bet on Horse Racing in Massachusetts?

Yes, as long as you are of the minimum legal gambling age, betting on horse races is legal and available to all residents of Massachusetts. Horse race betting can be done in person at one of the race tracks scattered across the state, or online using a betting website or mobile app. 

This is the similar to Massachusetts sports betting apps, online betting sites and in-person betting at retail sportsbooks.

What is the Legal Gambling Age for Massachusetts Horse Racing?

The legal betting age for betting on a horse race in Massachusetts is 18 years old. This applies to any wager on a race, whether it be in-person or online. Racetracks are careful to verify a bettor's identity and age before they are allowed to wager. Online websites and mobile apps also utilize age verification methods to guarantee all users are legally eligible to bet. If you're 18 years old or older, you have nothing to worry about.

Best Horse Racing Betting Apps & Sites

Of the many horse racing betting apps available to those in Massachusetts, we've narrowed in on three of our all-time favorite apps. These mobile apps are free and easy to download, providing a great way to bet on horse races without needing to be physically at the racetrack.

TwinSpires Horse Racing Betting App

TwinSpires is a well-known app among horse race bettors across the country. Owned and operated by Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, it is one of the best-rated horse betting apps on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. TwinSpires is an app purely dedicated to horse betting and has designed its interface accordingly. From expert picks to weekly bonuses that all users can access, TwinSpries makes it easy to make the most of any wager.

FanDuel Horse Racing Betting App

If you're an avid sports bettor in addition to a horse race bettor, chances are you're already familiar with FanDuel Massachusetts. FanDuel is a top-tier sportsbook that includes the option to bet on horse races across the country. 

FanDuel has an excellent reputation for providing a reliable and intuitive betting experience. If you enjoy betting on sports in addition to horse races, this is a great option for you. FanDuel is currently available in 19 states across the country.

Massachusetts bettors must be 21+ and present to place wagers in the state. Play it smart from the start! or call 1-800-GAM-1234. Gambling problem in Massachusetts? Call 1-800-327-5050 to speak with a trained specialist free and confidentially 24/7. Full T&Cs apply.

Caesars Horse Racing Betting App

Caesars is among the most popular sports betting and horse racing apps out there. Much like FanDuel, Caesars Massachusetts offers both sports wagering and horse race betting conveniently located all in one platform. 

On Caesars, you'll have no problem finding upcoming horse races to bet on. Caesars also has one of the best promotional programs of any betting app in the country, with fantastic welcome bonuses and ongoing promos.

DraftKings Horse Racing Betting App

DraftKings' horse racing betting app is DK Horse. Now, you won't find this horse racing feature built into the DraftKings Massachusetts app like at others, as it's a separate site and app. 

To find DraftKings' horse racing app, just search DK Horse on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and hit download. That way, you'll get to betting on horses with DraftKings right away. 

Massachusetts Horse Racing Tracks

Nothing quite compares to the excitement of going to the racetrack and placing a wager on horse races in-person. In Massachusetts, there only currently one racetrack that frequently hosts events: Plainridge Park

Suffolk Downs had hosted live horse racing on and off since its opening in 1935, but the final days of racing at the track took place in June 2019 after it was sold to HYM Investment Group. However, horse racing fans can still go to the track to watch simulcast horse races. 

There's also Raynham Park, which hasn't offered live racing in over a decade, but could offer horse racing in the future.

Is Horse Racing Betting Legal at Racetracks?

Yes, betting on horse racing at the racetrack has been legal for nearly 90 years in Massachusetts. You can bet on races in person as long as you are at least 18 years old.

Suffolk Downs Horse Racing Track

Suffolk Downs is a great destination where you can watch and bet on horse races. At the moment, Suffolk Downs only offers simulcasting. The last live races occurred in 2019, but they might resume in the future.

📍 Address:525 William F McClellan Hwy, Boston, MA 02128
📺 Simulcasting Schedule:12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday - Sunday

Plainridge Park Horse Racing Track

If you're looking to watch live horse races in Massachusetts, Plainridge Park is the place to go. During the racing season from April to November, live harness races are hosted three to four times a week.

📍 Address:301 Washington St, Plainville, MA 02762
🐎 Live Harness Racing Schedule:Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
📺 Simulcasting Schedule:12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday - Sunday

Raynham Park Horse Racing Track

Once upon a time a popular greyhound racing track, Raynham has not hosted races in over a decade now. That being said, there have been discussions around Raynham securing a new sports betting license, which could open the door to horse racing in the future.

How to Bet on Horse Racing: Wager Types

When it comes to actually betting on races, there are a few different wager types you need to be aware of. The first, most classic wager type is single-horse betting. Following this you have multi-horse and multi-race betting, where bettors have the chance to bet on multiple horses or multiple races at once for a chance to earn a larger payout.

Within each of these options, the bettor can pick a win bet, show bet, or place bet. A win bet means the chosen horse must finish first, whereas a winning show bet is achieved if the chosen horse finishes first place or second place. Place bets, finally, require the chosen horse to finish in first place, second place, or third place.

Single Horse Wagers: Win, Place, Show

As the name implies, single-horse betting entails placing a wager on just one horse in a race. The specific position the horse finishes will determine if you win or lose the bet.

  • Win: If you choose a win bet, the horse must finish in first place.
  • Place: A place bet will be successful if the horse finishes in first or second place.
  • Show: For a show bet, the horse can place first, second or third.

Multi-Horse Wagers

A multi-horse bet entails placing various wagers on multiple horses in the same race. Depending on the order the horses finish, you have the chance to receive a lucrative payout.

  • Exacta: Pick two horses that you believe will finish first and second, in the correct order.
  • Quinella: Choose the horses you think will finish in first or second, but the order does not matter.
  • Trifecta: Predict the first, second, and third-place horses in a race, in the correct order.
  • Superfecta: Pick the first, second, third, and fourth-place horses in the correct order.

Multi-Race Wagers

Unlike the previous example of betting on multiple horses in a race, a multi-race wager is where bettors wager on consecutive races.

  • Daily Double: Correctly predict the winner of two consecutive races for a winning bet.
  • Pick 3: Choose the winning horses for three consecutive races in a day.
  • Pick 4: Pick the race winners for four consecutive races.
  • Pick 5: Choose winning horses for five races in a day.
  • Pick 6: You can probably guess by now, a Pick 6 requires the bettor to correctly predict the winning horses for six consecutive races.

Fixed Odds vs. Pari-Mutuel Betting

The main difference between fixed odds and pari-mutuel betting is in how the odds and final payouts are determined. With fixed odds, the odds are set prior to the start of an event, meaning that the potential profit can be easily calculated. Pari-mutuel betting, on the other hand, determines odds based on the total number of wagers, with the payout being distributed among bettors.

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Stefan Krysa is a freelance sports writer based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Born in the U.S. and raised in Canada, he is an avid sports fan, and is committed to providing up-to-date information regarding sports betting in Massachusetts for

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